Thursday, November 14, 2013

KT to Launch Mobile Content Acceleration in LTE Network Q1 2014

KT will be the first commercial mobile content acceleration service in its LTE network in Q1 2014 based on Ericsson's Mobile Cloud Accelerator (MCA) solution.

Ericsson said trials of its Mobile Cloud Accelerator showed that web page download times could be reduced by more than 50 percent.  The solution works by guaranteeing traffic transmission quality of certain categories of data, such as premium content and application traffic in the radio access area.

Heekyoung Song, Head of Enterprise IT Business Unit, KT commented: "We're pleased to announce that KT will be the first operator in the world to provide a commercial mobile content acceleration service, thanks to our strong partnership with Ericsson. It means that we can expand the connectivity of our premium CDN service from the fixed network, which we launched last year, to the mobile network. MCA deployment in our network will enable us to offer our subscribers a differentiated and higher quality of service. Downloading content in a much shorter time may well be one of the exceptionally good reasons why subscribers choose our network."

Jan Signell, Head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson says: "The explosion of connected mobile devices has opened a whole new world of possibilities, and LTE in South Korea is moving faster than in any other market. That's why our partnership with KT is important to us, because it allows us to be in the very frontline of developing future innovative mobile services."

AWS Intros Kinesis - Real-Time Processing of Streaming Big Data

Amazon Web Services introduced Kinesis, a fully managed service for real-time processing of high-volume, streaming data.

The idea with Amazon Kinesis is to direct the flow of real-time data into cloud-hosted analytic applications and then display desired real-time intelligent via online dashboards.

The new service interoperates with other AWS big data services, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (Amazon EMR) or Amazon Redshift. It scales elastically to support applications that process data streams of nearly any size, while replicating all data across multiple Availability Zones to help ensure high durability and availability. Amazon said Kinesis can allow a customer to store and process terabytes of data an hour from hundreds of thousands of real-time data sources, such as web site click-streams, marketing and financial transactions, social media feeds, logs and metering data and location-tracking events.

“Database and MapReduce technologies are good at handling large volumes of data,” said Terry Hanold, Vice President of New Business Initiatives, AWS. “But they are fundamentally batch-based, and struggle with enabling real-time decisions on a never-ending—and never fully complete—stream of data. Amazon Kinesis aims to fill this gap, removing many of the cost, effort and expertise barriers customers encounter with streaming data solutions, while providing the performance, durability and scale required for the largest, most advanced implementations.”

“Exchange order data peaks at tens to hundreds of megabytes per second, and we have to accurately record and process every single transaction,” said Ann Neidenbach, Senior Vice President of Global Software Development, NASDAQ OMX. “Amazon Kinesis is designed to handle market order data in real-time, durably and reliably, without data loss, enabling continuous analysis and auditing of this stream of market data. This lets us focus on building the next generation of innovative financial tools and services.”

AWS Boosts Compute I/O Performance Via SSD

At the AWS re:Invent! show in Las Vegas, CTO Werner Vogels announced the I2 instances are optimized for high performance random I/O.  
AWS said the greater performance is achieved using 2.5 GHz intel Xeon E5-2670v2 processors with Turbo mode enabled. EC2's new enhanced networking, and SSDs.  At the high-end,  i2.8xlarge instances will be able to deliver 350,000 random read IOPS and 320,000 random write IOPS. 
Instance NamevCPU CountRAM Instance Storage (SSD)
i2.large215 GiB1 x 360 GB
i2.xlarge430.5 GiB1 x 720 GB
i2.2xlarge861 GiB2 x 720 GB
i2.4xlarge16122 GiB4 x 720 GB
i2.8xlarge32244 GiB8 x 720 GB

IBM Positions Watson for Cloud Applications

IBM announced plans to make it Watson technology available as a development platform in the cloud.

The idea is to enable software application developer to build a new generation of apps that leverage Watson's cognitive computing intelligence and ability to ingest both structured and unstructured data.

IBM said its goal is to create a cloud-hosted marketplace where application providers can tap into its library of resources for Watson-powered intelligence.  IBM will supply a developer toolkit, educational materials and access to Watson's application programming interface (API). IBM is already working with partners on applications for smarter online shopping comparisons, medical equipment supply chain management, and personalized healthcare recommendations.

“By sharing IBM Watson's cognitive abilities with the world, we aim to fuel a new ecosystem that accelerates innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit," said Michael Rhodin, Senior Vice President, IBM Software Solutions Group. “With this move, IBM is taking a bold step to advance the new era of cognitive computing. Together with our partners we'll spark a new class of applications that will learn from experience, improve with each interaction and outcome, and assist in solving the most complex questions facing the industry and society."

Zayo Builds Out Support for AWS Direct Connect

Zayo announced expansion of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect as an Amazon Partner Network (APN) Technology Partner.

Specifically, Zayo will offer AWS Direct Connect sub-1G hosted connections at all US AWS Direct Connect locations, as well as Telecity in London.  Zayo provides private networks connectivity to each AWS Direct Connect location and offers flat rate Metro/Intercity pricing to its customers for connections directly to AWS in key markets, including New York City, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle, Ashburn, Va., and London.

Since 2011, Zayo has provided direct bandwidth up to 10G through AWS Direct Connect portal, and the new APN will enable customers to more easily find high quality technology partners that support the AWS cloud platform.  APN allows customers to establish a private, secure connection directly to AWS platform across Zayo’s expansive network.

“Our support for AWS Direct Connect allows our customers to seamlessly transition onto cloud computing platforms,” says Stephanie Copeland, senior vice president of Ethernet at Zayo Group. “AWS is a pioneer in cloud computing and the APN fully aligns with our goal to provide customers with highly scalable, flexible and cost effective cloud connectivity.

IBM to Acquire Fiberlink for Cloud-Based Mobile Management and Security

IBM agreed to acquire Fiberlink Communications, a mobile management and security company based in Blue Bell, Pennslyvania, for an undisclosed sum.

Fiberlink's MaaS360 is an enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform encompassing:

  • Mobile Device Management
  • Mobile Application Management
  • Mobile Content Management
  • Secure Mail
  • Secure Browser
  • Mobile Expense Management
  • Laptop Management

IBM said Fiberlink’s MaaS360 cloud-based offerings will enable it to deliver a complete mobile management and security solution via IBM MobileFirst, which includes trusted transactions and security intelligence capabilities for mobile apps, users, content and data.

“In a mobile first world, clients require a comprehensive mobile management and security offering. Often times they integrate solutions on their own and take on unnecessary risk,” said Robert LeBlanc, IBM senior vice president, Middleware Software. “To protect and enhance the complete mobile experience, it’s crucial to secure the app, user, content, data and the transaction. The acquisition of Fiberlink will enable us to offer these expanded capabilities to our clients, making it simple and quick to unlock the full potential of mobility.”

“While the proliferation of mobile devices provides great flexibility and agility for organizations, it also increases the complexity to manage and protect corporate data,” said Jim Sheward, CEO, Fiberlink. “We are looking forward to becoming part of IBM’s strategy to put mobile first and deliver holistic mobile device and app management and security for today’s always-connected workforce.”

China Mobile Selects Alcatel-Lucent’s all-IP Evolved Packet Core

China Mobile has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s all-IP Evolved Packet Core portfolio to support the nationwide rollout of its 4G LTE network, set to be the world’s largest mobile ultra-broadband network.

Specifically, China Mobile has awarded Alcatel-Lucent 24 percent of its overall EPC network.

The contract covers the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router - Mobile Gateway, the Alcatel-Lucent 9471 Wireless Mobility Manager, and the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Services Aware Manager (SAM).  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Alcatel-Lucent Evolved Packet Core (EPC) is a high-capacity IP solution that consists of three platforms – data, mobility and policy.

  • In September 2013, China Mobile selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy 11% of their new LTE network, consisting of more than 200,000 TD-LTE base stations, by the end of 2013.

DragonWave Launches 60 GHz Radio for Small Cell Backhaul

DragonWave launched 60 GHz capabilities for its Horizon Compact+ and Avenue Link product lines.

DragonWave said 60 GHz radios are well suited for metro deployment in small cell architectures due to their small form factor and high-capacity, low-delay transport capabilities. The 60 GHz spectrum is widely available and generally offered at a lower cost than other bands.

First deployments and small cell trials have verified the operational feasibility of 512 QAM at 60 GHz, with reaches over 1 Km. The integrated 5" antenna makes the 60 GHz Avenue Link product a logical choice for urban deployments on street furniture. The initial deployments of 60 GHz have also achieved 0.1 ms delay to support LTE backhaul. In addition, the trials characterized DragonWave's unique bandwidth accelerator technology, with some trials yielding capacity and spectral efficiency improvements greater than 50%.

"60 GHz is globally available and emerging as a viable, low-cost spectrum that will be a key building block for large scale small cell networks, said Greg Friesen, vice president of Product Management, DragonWave. "We're confident that the commercial release of this band adds a new, useful element to the operator's toolbox and it is an important addition to our expanding Small Cell portfolio."

Fujitsu Delivers 100G Transport for the SC13 Conference

Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) will be deployed at next week's SC13 conference in Denver to support SCinet, which is used at the event by university, government, and industry volunteers to showcase cutting-edge platforms in high-performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis.

During the conference, one FLASHWAVE 9500 node will be located at the Colorado Convention Center, and the other node will be located a few kilometers away at a local Point of Presence (POP). Three services, supporting a wide variety of bandwidth-driven applications including supercomputing and cloud computing, will be operating between the two nodes: Two 10G-bandwidth services and one 100G-bandwidth service will traverse the network on a single fiber pair using DWDM technology.

“Fujitsu is pleased to donate the equipment supporting one of the most powerful and advanced networks in the world,” said Rod Naphan, Senior Vice President, Planning, Fujitsu Network Communications. “With its high-density optical design and support for wide-ranging technologies, the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP is ideally suited for bandwidth-intensive applications, such as those used in supercomputing.”

NeoPhotonics Sees Strong Q3 As 100G Shipments Grow

NeoPhotonics, which supplies photonic integrated circuit based optoelectronic modules and subsystems, reported record Q3 revenue of $76.8 million, up $1.8 million, or 2.4%, from the prior quarter and up $10.7 million, or 16.1%, from the third quarter 2012. For the quarter, the Company had three customers that comprised over 10% of revenue including Alcatel-Lucent (18%), Ciena (13%) and Huawei Technologies (23%).

“The third quarter was the highest revenue quarter in the Company’s history, which is a direct result of our customers continuing adoption of our Photonic Integration technology in the rapidly growing 100G market. I particularly want to highlight the contribution of NeoPhotonics Semiconductor, which significantly enhances our 100G product suite,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman, President and CEO of NeoPhotonics.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cisco Sees Weaker Demand, Fallout from NSA Scandal

Cisco reported quarterly revenue of  $12.1 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.0 billion or $0.37 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.9 billion or $0.53 per share for its first fiscal quarter of FY14. Revenue was up only 1.8% compared to $11.9 billion in Q1 FY13.

Revenue and earnings per share were under industry analyst consensus estimates of $0.41 per share.

Cisco cited pre-tax charges of $237 million related to the workforce reduction plan announced in August 2013, and a pre-tax charge of $257 million related to compensation expense in connection with Cisco's acquisition of the remaining interest in Insieme Networks.

Cisco also warned that revenue would decline 8-10% this quarter (Q2) due to lower demand in certain countries, such as China, due to fallout from the NSA scandal.  Service Provider orders also fell 13%.  The order backlog is significantly weaker than expected.

"While our revenue growth was below our expectation, our financials are strong, our strategy is strong and our innovation engine is executing extremely well. We remain confident in our long-term goal to be the #1 IT company in the world and help our customers solve their biggest business problems,” stated John Chambers, Cisco's CEO.

Some notes from the quarterly conference call.

  • The three areas of weakness are emerging markets, the Service Provider segment, and major switching/router product transitions.
  • The switching business is stable and performing well. Data center products are hot.
  • Wireless is performing well and the transition to 802.11ac is in its early stages.  Meraki is performing well.
  • NGN routing revenue is down.  The first shipments of the new NCS platform occurred in the quarter. The new architecture of the NCS leads to a longer evaluation and sales cycle.
  • The set-top box business declined 20% YoY. Cisco said it is committed to the segment, evolving its product line to the cloud, and walking away from deals that don't make sense. 
  • Sales in China continue to decline due to "political dynamics".  Chambers attributed this to suspicion caused by fallout from the NSA scandal.

Vitesse Intellisec: A New Paradigm for Secure Networking

Network encryption today is typically handled at the application layer with SSL or at the IP layer with IPsec. Building a more secure connection at a lower layer of the network has been a headache because encryption had to be provided on a link-by-link basis.

In this video, Vitesse Semiconductor's Sam Barnett discuses the timing and synchronization capabilities in Intellisec, a new technology that leverages MACsec protocol to extend security end-to-end.

Part I of this video is here:

Amazon WorkSpaces Delivers Virtual Windows 7 Desktops

Amazon Web Services launched a virtual desktop in the cloud service.

Amazon WorkSpaces provides a Windows 7 desktop with persistent storage and integrated with corporate active directories. Because it is a cloud service, all data is secured in the cloud and not at the user's location.

There are four standard bundles. Here are the hardware specifications for each one:

  • Standard - 1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB of memory, and 50 GB of persistent user storage - $35 / user / month.
  • Standard Plus - 1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB of memory, and 50 GB of persistent user storage - $50 / user / month.
  • Performance - 1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB of memory, and 100 GB of persistent user storage - $60 / month.
  • Performance Plus - 2 vCPU, 7.5 GiB of memory, and 100 GB of persistent user storage - $75 / month.

All of the bundles include Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9, 7-Zip, the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), and other utilities. The Standard and Performance Plus bundles also include Microsoft Office Professional and Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services.

WorkSpaces can also be accessed from iPads, Kindles, and Android tablets.

DE-CIX Internet Exchange Opens in NYC

DE-CIX, which operates the world’s largest Internet Exchange operator in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), has opened a new carrier and data center neutral Internet Exchange in New York City.

DE-CIX employs a distributed model across multiple facilities.  Initial DE-CIX sites for the new NYC exchange include key locations such as 60 Hudson Street, 111 8th Avenue, 32 Avenue of the Americas, 325 Hudson Street and 165 Halsey Street in Newark, New Jersey. Additional strategic sites across the region will be added in the near future.

DE-CIX said its New York Exchange can support numerous Terabits per second of traffic based on its proven public peering model encompassing a high-capacity Ethernet infrastructure and an all-fiber metro optical backbone. The DE-CIX public peering model allows a service provider to pay for interconnection services on a per-port basis, rather than on the volume of traffic exchanged. This model provides for DE-CIX New York to lower operations and peering costs and offer best-in-class service.
“We are committed to making the New York/New Jersey metro area a better place for carriers and ISPs,” states Harald A. Summa, CEO for DE-CIX. “We are creating a truly neutral interconnection ecosystem in all major facilities in this market. Unlike other players, we will not exclude various data center operators. Instead, our footprint will combine both major carrier hotels that have served clients for the last decade and numerous new sites in this metro market.”

Juniper Appoints Kheradpir as CEO

Juniper Networks named Shaygan Kheradpir as its CEO, effective January 1, 2014. Kheradpir succeeds Kevin Johnson, who in July announced his plan to retire as CEO. Johnson will remain as a member of the board.

Kheradpir joins Juniper Networks from Barclays PLC, where he served as the chief operations and technology officer, and as a member of its executive committee. Prior to joining Barclays, he was executive vice president and chief information and technology officer at Verizon Communications. He holds a bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

"The board has conducted a comprehensive search process and we're very excited to name Shaygan Kheradpir as our next chief executive officer," said Scott Kriens, chairman of the board, Juniper Networks. "Shaygan has a proven track record of successful business operations and technology leadership, with industry knowledge and technical vision from the perspectives of both telecommunications service providers and global enterprises. Most importantly, Shaygan's values and vision for the company align very tightly with our own, building a strong foundation for Juniper's future."

Xangati Announces New CEO, New Funding

Xangati, a start-up based in San Jose, California, named S. "Sundi" Sundaresh as its new president and CEO.

Xangati provides workload performance management dashboards for cloud and virtual desktop environments.  Its solutions proactively track the health of key IT metrics that impact the performance of applications and users, accurately diagnose the cause of any performance bottleneck and recommend remedial action when a bottleneck is discovered. Customers include enterprises, government agencies, healthcare organizations, educational systems and cloud providers.

Sundaresh has served as an advisor to Xangati since early 2013. He has also served as advisor to numerous technology companies and as a board member of GridGain and SandForce.  Previously, Sundaresh was the president and CEO of Adaptec, Candera (an enterprise storage virtualization) and Jetstream Communications (voice over broadband).

Earlier this month, the company announced $11 million in new funding.

“We look forward to having Sundi on board as CEO and being able to leverage his vast experience,” said Jagan Jagannathan, founder and CTO of Xangati. “Sundi has exactly the right mix of business acumen and corporate leadership needed to raise Xangati to the next level of market success.”

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Vitesse Intellisec: A New Paradigm for Secure Networking

Network encryption today is typically handled at the application layer with SSL or at the IP layer with IPsec.  Building a more secure connection at a lower layer of the network has been a headache because encryption had to be provided on a link-by-link basis.

In this video, Vitesse Semiconductor's Martin Nuss discuses Intellisec, a new technology that leverages MACsec protocol to extend security end-to-end.

Vodafone's Project Spring Boosts CAPEX £7 Billion

The Vodafone Group reported six month revenue of £19.1 billion, an increase of 2.5%. The increase was driven by the acquisition of CWW and TelstraClear in the prior year. Organic organic service revenue on a management basis declined 4.9%; Northern & Central Europe down 4.9%; Southern Europe was down 15.5%, and AMAP (Africa, Middled East and Asia Pacific) was up 5.7%.  Profit for the period from continuing operations increased by £20.0 billion to £15.7 billion, primarily as a result of the recognition of additional deferred tax of £14.7 billion in the current period and an impairment charge of £5.9 billion in the prior period.

Regarding the sale of Vodafone's state in Verizon Wireless, the company expects to realise a gain on disposal of between £45 billion and £50 billion, which will be recognised on completion. The exact figure will depend on a number of variables, primarily the sterling/US dollar exchange rate and the Verizon share price at the time of completion.

Vodafone also announced "Project Spring" to seize the attractive long-term opportunities and mitigate adverse factors in the telecommunications sector. The announcement, which builds on the "Vodafone 2015 Strategy announced in November 2012, boosts the company's CAPEX spending by £7.0 billion through 2016 with the expectation that the European economies will begin to recover in the medium term.

In Europe, despite the current tough macroeconomic and regulatory environment, Vodafone believes the telecoms market is approaching a turning point:

  • The demand for universal high speed data continues to grow, creating attractive growth opportunities in mobile and unified communications services in both the consumer and enterprise sectors; 
  • The economic environment is expected to recover, with a return to GDP growth forecast in 2013 and 2014 for Northern Europe and Southern Europe respectively; and 
  • The focus of regulation is showing some early signs of acknowledging the need to promote investment in the 
  • sector and permit consolidation. 

Project Spring spending plans include an investment in Europe of around £3 billion to deliver deeper 3G coverage and capacity  This will accelerate the 4G network build, supported by single RAN and high capacity backhaul.  In AMAP, Vodafone will invest around £1.5 billion to extend 3G coverage across major cities and key regions to provide wider voice coverage and the best data experience.

Vodafone will invest approximately £1 billion in unified communications. In Europe, Vodafone will increase xDSL and fibre footprint to provide competitive unified communications solutions.  In AMAP, Vodafone will establish a fibre footprint to enable converged services in key business areas.

Around £0.5 billion will be invested in the enterprise product suite. Vodafone will significantly expand our
geographic coverage for our core Enterprise business as well as M2M solutions and Vodafone One Net, whilst accelerating IP-VPN in nine major markets. Vodafone will increase its hosting capability and invest in traffic routing systems to build its carrier services business.

Vodafone is on target to deliver £0.3 billion reduction in European OPEX in FY 13/14 by:

  • reducing its European network operation centres from 13 to 2
  • expanding active network sharing in the UK, Spain, Greece and Romania
  • currently 47% of European sites are shared today and 65% of new sites are shared.
  • Increasing central procurement.  
  •  > 10% targeted reduction in support costs in FY 13/14
Smartphone penetration in Europe is now 39% and 57% of mobile service revenue in Europe is in-bundle. 

Data usage continues to grow with average usage per device now 400MB per month.

Vodafone will continue to invest in HSPA+, 4G and high capacity backhaul.

56% of Vodafone's 3G footprint in Europe now operates at peak speeds of 43.2 Mbps, up from 29% one year ago.

Vodafone has now launched 4G services in 14 markets and unified communications capability in 12 markets.

Turk Telekom Tests 2T WDM with Huawei

Turk Telekom has tested a 2T WDM system from Huawei on its live network.

The field trial achieved groundbreaking 40 Tbps C-band transmission over a single fiber over 307 km of G.652 fiber between Ankara, the capital of Turkey, and Cankiri.

Huawei said its WDM system used advanced 32QAM modulation to deliver a net SE of up to 8 b/s/Hz or 40Tb/s C-band transmission, meaning a capacity four times higher than mainstream commercial 100G systems. In addition, using Hybrid QAM technology with 20 Tbps capacities, the trial link consisted of fiber loop between Ankara and Istanbul, stretching 1,750 km without regeneration.

Hybrid QAM technology allows software-defined tuning of modulation formats such as QPSK, 8QAM, 16QAM, 32QAM, and 64QAM for different optical signals, bringing unprecedented flexibility in service-specific capacity and transmission distance configurations.

  • In 2010, Turk Telekom built the national backbone network that stretches more than 34,000 km using Huawei's next-generation WDM system, and in 2012, it deployed Huawei's coherent 100G solution. 

Infonetics: Deep Packet Inspection Segment is Hot

Driven largely by the mobile segment, spending on standalone DPI solutions to grow 30% year-over-year in 2013, according to a new report from Infonetics.  Mobile operators are turning to deep packet inspection (DPI) to better manage bandwidth use and to create innovative and bundled services.

As devices become more sophisticated, subscribers are using more bandwidth-intensive services such as video, and that trend will only intensify as operators roll out their LTE networks,” notes Shira Levine, directing analyst for service enablement and subscriber intelligence at Infonetics Research. “This is driving investment in DPI, often in conjunction with adjacent functionality such as policy, analytics, and real-time charging, to better monetize that usage and create more compelling offerings for the customer.”

Some highlights of the report:

  • The concept of "DPI inside" is gaining traction as manufacturers embed DPI into larger solutions such as video optimization, content charging, and service assurance.
  • Sandvine passed Allot to take the lead in the DPI market in the first half of 2013 (1H13).